Local & Regional Briefs: Monday, June 23, 2014

Police: Underage Drinkers Cited at Skiway Cabin

Lyme — Police broke up an underage drinking party at Dartmouth Skiway on Saturday night.

Lyme Police Chief Shaun J. O’Keefe was out of town for the weekend, but said via email Sunday that he believed some arrests were made when police discovered teenagers drinking at Nunnemacher Cabin, a three-room building between two trails on Holt’s Ledge at the Skiway.

O’Keefe said some of the teenagers may have been transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for evaluation.

He directed further questions about the incident to Prosecutor Christopher O’Connor of the Lower Grafton County Prosecutorial Association. O’Connor did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday.

Man Found Stabbed to Death in Maine

Concord — Authorities say a young man was found stabbed to death in Lebanon, Maine, about 20 miles north from where an 18-year-old New Hampshire man was reported missing Saturday.

New Hampshire law enforcement officials announced both the report of the missing teen and the body that was found in Maine. They said that a definitive identification of the victim is expected early this week, but that no other information on the victim’s identity was available.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office says that the Madbury Police Department received a report about the missing teen from his parents Saturday morning. WMUR-TV reported that State Police returned to the missing teen’s home Sunday to gather evidence.

Officials say New Hampshire and Maine law enforcement officers are working together.

Vermont Judge Is On Fast Track to Confirmation

Burlington — Vermont Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Crawford is on a fast track to confirmation to Vermont’s federal court.

Crawford was nominated by President Obama May 19 and was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee June 12. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the full Senate could confirm Crawford as early as Tuesday.

Crawford, 59, served more than a decade as a superior court judge before being nominated last year to the state Supreme Court.

If Crawford is confirmed Tuesday, he will have gone from nomination to confirmation in just 35 days.

“The only other judge that moved that fast in the last 10 years was Christina Reiss,” Leahy told the Burlington Free Press, referring to Vermont’s other U.S. District Court judge. Leahy said Reiss went from nomination to confirmation in 39 days.

Crawford would succeed federal judge William Sessions, who took senior status this month and will work part-time. Leahy said he has made it clear to his Senate colleagues that Sessions’ retirement will create a “judicial emergency” in Vermont. — Staff and wire reports